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Small Boat Capsizes in Burley Lagoon, 1 still missing:

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 12/30/18

Officials say a 24-year-old man is still unaccounted for after a small boat capsized in Burley Lagoon. At about 6:40 P.M. Friday firefighters were called to a capsized boat near the Purdy Spit Bridge. Tacoma Fire Department told KOMO News two other males were in the boat and were able to get out of the water on their own. Several search boats are on scene, as well as a helicopter in the air searching. Source: KOMO News.


Boat Sinks in Andrews Bay on Lake Washington

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 10/24/18

Boat reported sunk in Andrews Bay. Emergency response was issued. No word on injuries or cause of the sunken vessel. Original report and image posted on FB. Oct 24th, 2018


Fire at Port of Everett marina damages five boathouses, two boats

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 10/10/18

EVERETT, Wash. -- Oct, 2018: Everett firefighters responded to a 2-alarm fire at the Port of Everett Marina Monday morning that damaged five covered boathouses and two boats.

According to Everett Police, no injuries were reported.

Five covered boathouses were damaged, two of them severely, as well as two boats. One of the boats was a total loss. Source: Q13 FOX


Longtime whale-watching boat making a return to Bellingham waters with new look

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 09/08/18

September 8TH, 2018 > Source: Bellingham Herald


The Island Caper was recently purchased and is being managed by a group called Pacific Northwest Cruises. The group consists of Kenny McCray, Tom Hofseth and Xander Eustler. The 110-foot boat was a fixture in local waters from the mid-1990s until owner Terry Buzzard died in 2016. The Island Caper has remained at a boat slip in the Squalicum Harbor.

The new owners plan to work on the boat through the fall and winter and have it ready for late spring or early summer events around Bellingham and Seattle.


Thief takes $2.4 million yacht on wild ride from Chandler's Cove, smashing other boats

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 08/21/18

The 92' "New Atlantic" was stolen and taken on a wild ride on Lake Union:

SEATTLE -- A man tried to steal a multi-million yacht from Seattle's Chandler's Cove early Tuesday morning, ramming several other boats during his attempted getaway, according to Seattle Police.

The thief then jumped into Lake Union, where officers pulled him out a few minutes and took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for evaluation. Officers say he'll eventually be booked into the King County Jail.

Source: KOMO News


Longtime Alaska sailing instructor receives national award

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/27/18

Beyond the NW: SEWARD, Alaska (KTUU) - A longtime instructor at Alaska’s only sailing school was recently named one of the top instructors in the nation by the American Sailing Association.

Randy Altermatt has been teaching sailing lessons at his Seward business Sailing Inc. for about 18 years and was recognized by the ASA as the “outstanding instructor of the year” for 2017. The award is given to instructors who receive high praise from their students.

“It was totally unexpected,” Altermatt said of the award. “There’s about a thousand of us out there in the world and they selected about 20 based on student evaluations to get this award.” Source/more details: KTUU


Water taxis, pickle boats, aquatic pub crawls: Explore Victoria by boat

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/27/18

July 2018 > Many of the city’s most popular attractions are close to the water. And traveling by water means a cool respite as well as a bit less walking to get from one place to another. - View full story here at the Seattle Times.


Father and daughter Sprint Boat Racing team win big in Port Angeles

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/26/18

Sprint Boat Racing began in New Zealand in the 1970s and is now making waves in the Northwest. These two-person crafts can reach speeds up to 90 miles an hour.

Source: KING 5 Evening


Two Duck Boats In Lake Before One Capsizes

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/20/18

Beyond the NW > July 20th, 2018 > Source: NBC News

Several people are dead and multiple are injured after a duck boat capsized near Branson, Missouri. The tourist boat was carrying 31 people before it sunk due to a severe thunderstorm and heavy winds.



What happens when you back down the boat launch too far? This SUV owner learned the hard way

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/16/18

From July 15th, 2018 - Don’t back down the boat launch too far, or else you could get stuck in the mud.

That’s what happened at the Carlyon Beach Homeowners Association boat launch Saturday afternoon. After the SUV got stuck, the tide began to rise and submerged the vehicle, said Aaron Hayes, assistant fire chief of Griffin Fire Department.

The SUV had been backed down the launch to retrieve a boat.

“The boat floats,” Hayes said. “The Toyota 4Runner? Not so much.”    

The boat owner might have been enticed to back down the launch a little farther than usual because of Saturday’s low tides.

After the SUV got stuck, a second vehicle came along to help and got stuck as well. Then a third vehicle tried to help the second vehicle and got stuck, too, Hayes said.

All but one vehicle eventually freed itself from the mud. Nobody was injured, he said.

The incident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2700 block of Island Drive Northwest. Source: The Olympian

See the black dot in the water behind the tow truck? That’s an SUV. Thurston County Sheriff's Office Courtesy.


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Youngest Ever Clipper Race Skipper Leads Seattle Team to Victory in Penultimate Race

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/14/18

The Clipper Yacht, Visit Seattle arrives in First Place, in Derry-Londonderry on Monday after completing the LegenDerry transatlantic crossing from New York in the penultimate leg of the circumnavigation of the world. Source: Sea Magazine

Nikki Henderson, 24, from Surrey, U.K., has led her Visit Seattle team to an impressive victory in Race 12 from New York, USA, to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the penultimate race of the 40,000-nautical-mile Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race. Visit Seattle crossed the finish line on Monday 9 July to complete the 3,000-nautical-mile race across the North Atlantic Ocean, the fast-paced sixth and final ocean crossing of the 11-month circumnavigation, in just over 12 days. More details here...



NTSB: Freezing spray probably sank Seattle-based crab boat

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/14/18

The 2017 loss of the Destination generated shock and grief in a crab fleet that had improved safety.  Source:

SEATTLE — Ice accumulating on the Seattle-based crab boat the Destination undermined the vessel’s stability and probably led to its sinking this past year and the loss of its six crew members, a National Transportation Safety Board report found.

The Feb. 11, 2017, sinking, the worst Bering Sea crab boat disaster in more than a decade, likely happened quickly. There was no Mayday distress call that might have given a clue as to what was going wrong just off the Pribilof island of St. George as the Destination crew carried a load of steel-framed pots for the start of the snow-crab season. More details here...


2 jump into Lake Washington to escape burning boat

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/14/18

Update from July 8th - Kenmore - Source KOMO News:

Two people managed to escape when their boat caught fire in Lake Washington. The fire was reported in the waters off Kenmore as the boat became fully engulfed and two people on board jumped into the lake to flee the flames. They were eventually rescued by nearby boaters. Fire boats from Seattle Police,  Mercer Island and King County Marine rescue were called to the scene to fight the flames. More details here...


Port staff finalize Jensen Boat Yard purchase

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/14/18

Update from May 2018: Source :  The Journal

he Port of Friday Harbor is excited to announce the port’s acquisition of the Jensen and Sons Boatyard and Marina was finalized.

The Port of Friday Harbor Harbormaster is managing Jensen Boat Yard moorage at the main office through the port’s existing systems. Mico Holdings LLC has transitioned into operating the existing boatyard and chandlery and is doing business as Jensen’s. They have hired local tradesman Dennis Foote to manage the yard and have retained the existing yard and lift operators.

More details here...


First pumpout station in two decades opens on Orcas Island

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/14/18

Updated from May 2018: Source - San Juan Journal

first pumpout station in the San Juan Islands in nearly 20 years is up and running at West Beach Resort on Orcas Island. The new pumpout site is the only one on the north side of the island, and boaters heading to or from remote places such as Sucia Island or Canada can easily stop in and use the free service to offload their sewage quickly and safely. More details here...



Washington State Parks publishes first guide book; special 2-part section about the islands

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/14/18

updated from May 2018: Source - San Juan Islander

Washington State Parks has published its first-ever comprehensive guide to Washington’s beautiful and diverse state parks. The Washington State Parks Guide is now available for purchase.

The guide features hundreds of beautiful full-color photos and descriptions of more than 120 Washington state parks, including park features, amenities and activities.

A special section is devoted to state parks in the San Juan Island Archipelago, a grouping of islands unique to Washington. The San Juan Island section is split into two parts: parks that are accessible by ferry and parks that can be reached only by private or commercial boat. More details here...